Game Night Results

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Controversially, Norfolk gets to Marc Bureau (#28) to conclude the regular season.

    NOR-4
    ADK-2

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for his 15th consecutive victory. He'll finish the season tied for 8th in the AHL in victories with 23 and tops on the Admrials with a .914 save percentage, one point better than tandem-mate Dustin Tokarski and his .913 mark. Tokarski finishes with a league leading 32 wins, for his part. It's never a bad thing when you have 2 goalies in the top-10 in the league in wins.

    First Period
    ADK Holmstrom, (15) (Manning, Gustafsson), 2:19 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Segal, (18) (Smith, Conacher), 15:30
    NOR Conacher, (37) (Segal), 17:27

    Third Period
    ADK Akeson, (14) (Testwuide), 12:15
    NOR Conacher, (38) (Segal, Smith), 18:00
    NOR Conacher, (39) (Segal), 19:58 (EN)

    Cory Conacher and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars.

    Why controversial, you ask? With 14 seconds remaining in the final frame, Adirondack had a goal waved off for goaltender interference after defenseman Keith Aulie got beat wide by the Phantoms' Mike Testuwide, a sin he committed far too often earlier this season with the Lightning. Norfolk dodged a big bullet with the wave off to secure their 28th consecutive victory, much to the chagrin of the Phantoms and their fans. In fairness to Aulie, Adirondack would have never been that close were it not for a horrendous turnover by Tyler Johnson that allowed Adirondack to score their second goal. Heading into the playoffs, everyone's got to tighten up that much more.

    There's one more bit of regular season business to wrap up now. With Cory Conacher scoring his first professional hat trick, he has moved out to a 2 goal lead over Texas' Matt Fraser for the Willie Marshall Award, the AHL's equivalent of the Rocket Richard Trophy. Conacher entered the day 1 goal behind Fraser, and was actually benched again today, momentarily, after taking a delay-of-game minor. Once he got back on the ice again, though, he and linemate Brandon Segal made sure that their efforts in the Admirals' final regular season game would leave some Exit Wounds. As of this posting, Fraser has just about 15 minutes left to try and score 2 goals to get back even with Conacher, who picked just the right time to get back on track offensively.

    Richard Panik failed to score a goal in his final 7 games of the regular season, leaving him 1 shy of a 20 goal rookie campaign. It's just about the only goal, personal or team, that someone on the Admirals didn't manage to accomplish, although Conacher's hat trick did leave him 1 shy of 40, in retrospect.

    Norfolk now draws the Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs, beginning next Friday with Game One. Because of a scheduling conflict with an annual military drill and band show, the Admirals won't have home ice advantage for the best-of-five series despite finishing 30 points ahead of the Monarchs in the standings. Norfolk and Manchester haven't played all season, and in the playoffs just as in boxing, styles make the fight, so we'll see how these two teams match up. Manchester is veteran laden, but is missing a couple of good younger players that are currently up with the LA Kings for their playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. I think the lack of familiarity may play in the Admirals' favor, as Manchester is a little bit older and hasn't seen the speed that Norfolk brings to the rink both with their skating and the transition game that guys like Mark Barberio and Mike Kostka start from the blueline, but you never know until the game gets onto the ice. With so many rookies contributing to Norfolk's success that have never seen professional playoff hockey, we don't know how they'll react to the pressure, especially in a nightmare scenario if Manchester can pick off one of the first two games at Scope.

    It's critically important that the Admirals set the 28 game regular season streak aside and focus on the fact they desperately need to set the tone quickly and win Game One and Game Two in Norfolk. Fortunately, the Admirals have the AHL Coach of the Year, Jon Cooper, to get them refocused for the postseason. The Admirals also got Jon Kalinski back in the lineup this weekend, and the expectation is that Mike Angelidis will be back next weekend for the club. So, other than Richard Petiot, Norfolk looks to be almost completely healthy heading into the looming war of attrition that is professional playoff hockey.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    With Manchester defeating St. John's earlier today 4-2 and Syracuse just completing a 2-1 victory over Albany, the Portland Pirates have been eliminated and Norfolk's first round opponent is now set. The Admirals will face the Manchester Monarchs in the opening, Quarterfinal, best-of-five series. With the AHL adopting an unbalanced 76 game schedule this season, Norfolk did not play Manchester at all this season, so their playoff matches will be the first games between the clubs this year. The Monarchs are the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings, who currently have several AHL eligible players up with the big club for their NHL Quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks, which they currently lead 2-0.

    Norfolk is currently in action against the Adirondack Phantoms in their final regular season game of the year.

    Game One will be on Friday, 4/20/12 and Game Two will be on Saturday, 4/21/12. Additionally, due to a scheduling conflict, Game Five will be in Manchester rather than Norfolk, according to the press release issued by the Norfolk Admirals, essentially meaning that the Monarchs will have the home ice advantage for the series even though the Admirals will finish at least 28 points ahead of Manchester in the standings.

    I'm not the Bolt Prospects Twitter-master, but I think that would be filed under #aintthatsomebull.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    USHL

    Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2 (OT)

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox got another night off as the Storm, who were playing in their last regular season game, prepare for the playoffs.

    OHL

    (W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5
    Western Conference Semifinals – London wins best of 7 series 4-2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London closed out their conference semifinal series against Saginaw with a 5-3 road win. London is likely breathing a sigh of relief as the series was much closer than the 4-2 final game tally. London was down two games to one heading back to Michigan and got a big road win. Then Namestnikov made a strong individual effort in overtime of Game 5 to score the game winner and give London a pivotal win. Namestnikov has four points in his last two games after taking some criticism from the London fanbase for failing to make his mark early in the series. The Knights will await the winner of the Kitchener-Plymouth series. Plymouth leads 3-2 after shutting out the Rangers on Saturday.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    (E5) Florida Everblades 5 @ (E1) Elmira Jackals 0
    ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 12 PIM (elbowing, misconduct)
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 19 PIM
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: No decision, 8 saves on 8 shots
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    For the second straight night Florida outplayed Elmira, but this time they came out on top, 5-0. The best-of-7 series now goes to Florida for the next three games. Florida outshot Elmira 32-19 on Saturday and through two games has a 78-36 shot advantage. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle got some action when he started the third period for John Muse, who had already backstopped Florida to a 5-0 lead entering the final frame. Muse was shaken up late in the second period. The game got ugly late when several misconducts were handed out. Former Lightning first rounder and Elmira captain Mario Larocque was thrown out of the game in the second period for attempting to injure a player. Trevor Bruess had two goals for Florida. Game 3 is Monday.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    It took a bit longer than usual, but it's David Shaw in overtime! #27!

    NOR-3
    BNG-2 (OT)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 24 shots including a ten bell save in overtime to get his 13th straight victory. He now is unlikely to best his .915 (currently .913) rookie save percentage, but he's improved his career marks in every other major statistical category this year, and his 32 wins are a lock now to be the best in the AHL.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (36) (Killorn), 19:24

    Second Period
    BNG Hoffman, (21) (Gryba, Dziurzynski), 15:17 (PP)
    BNG Puempel, (1) (Conboy), 17:13

    Third Period
    NOR Killorn, (2) (Oberg, Kostka), 13:21 (PP)

    Overtime
    NOR Barberio, (14) (Kostka), 2:04 (PP)

    Alex Killorn and Mark Barberio were the game's second and third stars. Former Admiral Mike McKenna was the first star in defeat, standing on his head while stopping 46 Norfolk shots.

    It's been interesting with all the hardware being thrown in Norfolk's direction to players like Cory Conacher and Mark Barberio how there's been a little unstated internal pressure here at Bolt Prospects to reassess the situation at the top of our prospect rankings. Now, there's no doubt that Conacher and Barberio are fantastic players, but a night like tonight shows what Alex Killorn brings to the table. As expected, he's getting more comfortable with his teammates, and he was the best Admiral on the ice tonight. He made a great play to set up Conacher on the Admirals' first goal (no-look, behind-the-back, Harlem Globetrotters type stuff), and with Conacher sitting for what appeared to be disciplinary reasons from late in the second period on, Killorn played a ton during Norfolk's successful comeback bid. His power play goal was another Killorn classic, where he used his speed down the wing to blaze around the corner and then deked to his backhand to finally penetrate the forcefield that McKenna seemed to have up behind him. Point being, Killorn belongs in the same sentence with those players. When you consider this is just his 9th pro game, the fact he can already dominate a night like this is impressive. With the playoffs yet to go, look for him to put up a strong defense of his spot on the rankings. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Should we be concerned it took the Admirals putting forth this much effort to put away the league's worst team, Bingo? No. This was the Senators' last game of the season, and they had nothing else to play for. This was Game Seven of the Stanley Cup and the Super Bowl all wrapped into one for them, and the Ads still outshot them 49-24. Only McKenna's brilliance kept this from being a slaughter.

    Norfolk finishes their regular season tomorrow night against Adirondack, which was eliminated from playoff contention earlier today. That leaves 3 teams vying for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference: Portland, Syracuse, and Manchester. The plot thickens for all three teams after today's results. Manchester beat the paste out of Hershey 5-1, moving them into a tie with idle Portland at 81 points. Syracuse was embroiled in a struggle with Connecticut, but they managed to sneak by in the shootout. So here's the state of play heading into tomorrow's deciding games. Syracuse holds 7th at 82 points. They control their destiny. Manchester holds 8th because while both Manchester and Portland have 81 points, Manchester leads in ROW by 2 over both Syracuse and Portland. That means the Monarchs win any tiebreaker against both teams. Portland sits in 9th. Manchester draws the toughest opponent tomorrow in 2nd place St. John's. Portland gets 12th place Providence. Syracuse gets 14th place Albany. Throw the records out in a situation like this though. Norfolk draws the 8th seed when the dust settles tomorrow.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    USHL

    Tri-City Storm 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    After handling nearly all the goaltending duties from the time he was acquired from Green Bay to leading the Storm to securing a playoff spot, Wilcox got the night off. Tri-City has one more game before the playoffs begin and can’t move up in the standings.

    OHL

    (W5) Saginaw Spirit 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2 (OT)
    Western Conference Semifinals – London leads best of 7 series 3-2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Huge. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured) scored at 4:58 of the first overtime to give the Knights a 2-1 Game 5 win and a 3-2 series lead over Saginaw. The story for much of the game was Saginaw goaltender Jake Paterson, who is expected to go in the second round of this summer’s draft. Paterson stopped 46 shots on Friday – many of them in spectacular fashion. Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a helper and a tip-in goal for London, and defenseman Olli Maatta, who could go around the midway point of the first round this summer, had the primary assist on Namestnikov’s game winner. Game 6 is Saturday in Saginaw.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    (E5) Florida Everblades 1 @ (E1) Elmira Jackals 3
    ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Elmira leads best of 7 series 1-0

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 7 PIM
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    Florida outplayed and outshot Elmira, 46-19, but former Northern Michigan goaltender Brian Stewart stood strong for the Jackals, who won Game 1, 3-1 at home. No Lightning prospect figured in on Florida’s only goal, and Tampa Bay prospect goaltender Pat Nagle has played just once since March 2. Game 2 is Saturday night in New York. Elmira is affiliated with the Ducks and Senators. Florida was coming off a three game sweep of fourth-seeded Greenville.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    Louie Louie!

    NOR-5
    ALB-1

    Jaroslav Janus stopped 20 of 21 shots for his 14th straight victory. He now has a .914 save percentage and is tied for 8th in the league in wins.

    First Period
    NOR Smith, (25) (Segal), 2:55
    NOR Ouellet, (16) (Aulie), 7:17
    NOR Oberg, (7) (Palat, Johnson), 17:29

    Second Period
    NOR Segal, (17) (Picard, Kostka), 5:17

    Third Period
    NOR Devos, (7) (Aulie, Ouellet), 7:07
    ALB Zharkov, (16) (Gelinas, Perkovich), 14:13 (PP)

    Michel Ouellet, Brandon Segal, and Keith Aulie were the game's three stars.

    Good to see Keith Aulie get off to a strong start for the Admirals. These 20-30 games coming up to end the regular season and the playoffs are so crucial for his development to get him ready to potentially take an NHL spot in the Fall. It might very well be the most critical 20-30 games of his career, thus far.

    After a brief stint in the NHL, Brandon Segal is Out for a Kill!

    26 straight wins and the Admirals keep rolling. I mentioned last weekend how impressed I was that the team has been winning these close games late in the last dozen or so games of the streak, and it is impressive. But, there's no substitute for running out to a 3-0 lead and crushing a team early like they did tonight and like they were doing a lot in the first half of the streak. They have 2 games left in the regular season and take their unprecedented streak of excellence into Binghamton tomorrow night.

    For those scoreboard watching and wondering who Norfolk's first round opponent will be, both Manchester and Portland got big wins tonight, but Syracuse is getting hammered by Rochester 5-1 late in the third. If the Syracuse score holds up, then Portland will jump into 7th place at 81 points with 1 game left on their schedule, Syracuse will drop to 8th place at 80 points with 2 games left, and Manchester will be at 79 points in 9th place with 2 games left. Adirondack still has a mathematical chance, as they can still get to 80 points if they win their last 2 games, but it really looks like Portland, Syracuse, and Rochester fighting for 2 spots, and the potential of an ironic and interesting Norfolk/Syracuse first round matchup looms large.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 34 weeks ago

    MHL Finals (Russia Jr.):
    With Omsk Jr. disposing of Magnitogorsk Jr. on Thursday in their Western Conference Final series, the schedule has been set for the MHL Finals. CSKA Jr. will begin the defense of its title next Thursday. The big question for Lightning prospect followers is whether Nikita Kucherov will be in the lineup for CSKA Jr. after missing the majority of his club's playoff games thus far.

  • 5 years 35 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3
    Quarterfinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 7-3-10, +8, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    While Baie-Comeau could congratulate themselves for being the first team to come within two goals of Saint John in a playoff game, that party will have to be held while they are packing up their locker room as the Sea Dogs completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-3 win Wednesday. Gauthier was held scoreless for the first time in six games, though he tied for the team lead with seven shots on goal. Saint John will await the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals.

    OHL

    (W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 2
    Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 2-2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Vladislav Namestnikov’s second goal of the playoffs, scored in the first period, gave London a 3-0 lead and turned out to be the game winner as the Knights scored four times in the first period, chasing Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, and added an empty netter late for the 5-2 score to even the series at two games apiece. London takes back home ice advantage in the series, which shifts back to London for Game 5 on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal was scored when he banged in a rebound off a Seth Griffith shot. He was on the ice for a “plus” when the empty net goal was scored by Gregg McKegg (Leafs). Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Spirit.

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